Madrid, Spain

Tótem Madrid

Rates per night from$166.99

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR154.55), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Damn beautiful

Setting

Salamanca side-street

Effortlessly cool and stylishly dressed, boutique hotel Tótem Madrid is a jewel box of a stay just off high-end Jorge Juan. The lobby’s marble floors, brass accents and carefully restored 19th-century staircase are just some of its charms: expect a top-notch restaurant, worldly staff and airy rooms decorated with elegant restraint.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A signature Totem cocktail each at the bar and a bottle of wine (either white or red) on arrival, as well as free parking (subject to availability)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

64, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from £149.74 (€170), including tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude the Continental breakfasts (€19.50 a person) of avocado toast, cooked-to-order eggs, fruit-topped pancake or truffled mortadella sandwich served with tea, coffee and orange or grapefruit juice.

Also

You’ll find rowing machine, exercise bikes and cross trainers in the hotel’s gym; for a more vigorous workout, ask staff to arrange a personal trainer for a high-intensity circuit around nearby Retiro Park.

At the hotel

Lounge, gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, air-conditioning, free bottled water and Per Purr bath products; Attic Deluxe, Junior Suite Corner and Junior Suite Superior rooms also have tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

Pared down and understatedly chic, rooms at Tótem Madrid have a grown-up Farrow & Ball aesthetic, with deep-hued accent walls, floor-to-ceiling drapes and black-marble bathrooms. Bath tubs in Deluxe Attic rooms make up for a lack of views; the rooms are also surprisingly bright, thanks to Velux windows that let in plenty of Madrilenian sunshine. Smaller courtyard-facing Double rooms are still large enough to squeeze in a corner sofa. Corner Junior Suites have our vote for leisurely breakfasts in bed: throw open the three street-facing windows and let the breeze gently stir you from slumber.

Packing tips

A local translation of The Beautiful and Damned, to brush up on Castillian and classic Fitzgerald in one breath.

Also

Tótem Madrid has two Deluxe Exterior rooms adapted for wheelchair users, who have access to the hotel from the restaurant’s entrance on the corner of Lagasca and Hermosilla streets.

Children

All ages are welcome. Extra beds (€77 a night for over-3s) can be added to Junior Suites and Suites. Free cots for under-3s can be added to any room. The restaurant has highchairs and will happily adapt the menu for little Smiths.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Opt for a table to one side of the room for the best people-watching opportunities.

Dress Code

Pick up something casual-cool from neighbourhood favourite Sita Murt.

Hotel restaurant

La Parrilla del Pimiento, helmed by chefs Félix Guerrero and Andrés Amero, dishes out traditional Spanish fare from morning to midnight. Start leisurely dinners with sharing plates of creamy croquettes and chipotle-drizzled squid rings. For the main event, there are classic Spanish stews, fish and meat dishes – try the wild turbot in Basque sauce or the Iberian pork tenderloin. Save room for artisanal ice creams and homemade cheesecakes. 

Hotel bar

Dressed with electric blue banquettes, marble tables and tropical fronds beneath a glass roof, Malditos does a fine job of enticing the ‘damned’ it’s named after. Resident DJ João Ribeiro keeps up the speakeasy vibe by spinning everything from bossanova to ragtime Jazz until 2am (Thursdays to Saturdays). The mirrored bar is manned by mixologists in white lab coats – a tongue-in-cheek sign of how seriously the art of cocktail-making is taken here.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11.30am, lunch from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and dinner from 8.30pm to midnight.

Room service

Order from the restaurant’s full menu during opening hours, after which a light menu of sandwiches, cold cuts and sweet things is available around the clock.

Location

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Address
Tótem Madrid
Calle de Hermosilla, 23
Madrid
28001
Spain

Tucked away on a quiet side street in the upmarket Salamanca barrio, Tótem Madrid is within easy reach of Calle de Jorge Juan’s tempting boutiques and must-try restaurants.

Planes

Touch down at Madrid-Barajas airport, an international hub about 25 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Taxis are readily available, but you can also catch metro line C1 to nearby Recoletos station.

Trains

Madrid’s speedy metro network is handy for exploring the capital. If you’re venturing further afield, Atocha railway station is a 10-minute drive away and serves Renfe trains from across the country.

Automobiles

Madrid’s sights are best explored on foot: cheap public transport, plentiful taxis and charming streets render cars an unnecessary nuisance. If you do decide to bring your own wheels, the hotel has on-site parking for €36 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Ask Tótem’s staff for insider tips on the city’s latest on-trend haunts: they’ll happily sketch out a tailor-made itinerary based on your interests. Gawp at works by Miró, Bacon and other modern luminaries at the Reina Sofia Museum. Picasso’s Guernica is the pièce de résistance, but carefully curated temporary exhibits of contemporary artists are equally illuminating; its futuristic terrace restaurant Nubel gets our plaudits too. The streets around the hotel are brimming with indie boutiques and hard-to-find gems. Splurge on a pair of sky-scraping heels at Hannibal Laguna. Staff can also arrange off-the-beaten-path excursions. Snap Insta-worthy shots on a photographer-guided city-centre tour or get a bird’s eye view of the capital from its hidden rooftops. If cabin fever strikes, get up early and head to Atocha train station for a day-trip: Seville’s orange-scented streets and Barcelona’s lively nightlife are only two-and-a-half hours away.

For more things to do in Madrid, check-out our private, insider-led SideStory experiences.

Local restaurants

You needn’t stray far for a taste of Madrid’s buzzy dining scene: just a stone’s throw from the hotel, Jorge Juan is a hotspot for foodies committed to working their way through the capital’s culinary delights. Refined La Máquina has linen-clad tables, tantalising tapas and an impressive wall of bottles from Spain’s under-the-radar vineyards. Busy Ultramarinos Quintin is all exposed brick, whimsical ceiling foliage and high stools crammed around small convivial tables; stop by for melt-in-the mouth tartare, delicate Ibérico ham and perfectly cooked pasta.

Local cafés

Rawcoco Green Bar is all about Californian-style healthy eating: drop in for cold-pressed juices, detox smoothies and colourful raw food bowls.

Local bars

Gin enthusiasts should make a beeline for diminutive Shuzo’s (52 Calle de Jorge Juan, +34 (0)914 35 9171) is handily within stumbling distance of the hotel. Elegant brass-and-glass hangout Dry Martini Bar regularly features on the world’s best cocktail bar lists: pull up a stool at its glitzy counter for fresh-fruit martinis, one-off concoctions and the eponymous drink made just how you like it.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this elegant hotel in Salamanca and unpacked their Miró prints and designer finds, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tótem Madrid…

In the heart of the well-heeled Salamanca barrio, hotel Tótem Madrid is made in the image of its home city: pointedly stylish, impeccably dressed and with a marked penchant for laid-back cool. That’s not to say it’s try-hard or aloof. Staff are friendly and full of insider tips to make a memorable Madrilenian city break; rooms are grown-up and elegant, with lofty floor-to-ceiling windows, black-marble bathrooms and a confident palette of dusty jewel tones. Rustling up on-trend Manhattan-meets-the-Med fare, clean-lined restaurant Hermosos is as understated as its louche sister bar Malditos is opulent (think cosy velvet banquettes, lashings of brass and expertly mixed cocktails). Both are named for Fitzgerald’s novel The Beautiful and Damned – a fitting scene-setter of a moniker for Madrid’s freshest boutique stay.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Tótem Madrid’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The hotel was in a great location, in an upmarket area off the main shopping boutique area, but was situated on a quiet road with very little through traffic. It's ideally situated for walking to all the main sightseeing attractions, a little retail therapy and some great bars and restaurants close by. Breakfast at the hotel was very good, healthy options as well as a full English, and à la carte, so not back and forth to a buffet. The hotel restaurant also looked very good, although we didn't actually try it. The rooms were quiet and comfortable, the bathroom modern, a good walk in shower, and great products. The bar area was very comfortable, chic, quite buzzy. The staff were excellent, extremely professional, helpful and followed up very quickly on any requests. All in all an excellent choice of boutique style hotel for a stay in Madrid, would definitely recommend.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Nov 2019

We loved

The hotel was lovely, discreetly located in an upscale neighbourhood, with a nearby Metro, a great variety of shops and most wonderful of all, the Mercado de la Paz. It is a covered food market with small cafes, many fishmongers and butchers, bakeries, and amazing fresh fruits and vegetables! Also, very significant for a hotel room, the bed was so comfortable, with a great shower to wake you up. The staff were exceptional, always friendly and happily providing directions, advice etc. whenever we needed it. Even though the bar downstairs was often busy, our room was always very quiet.

Don’t expect

Large rooms, but that's ok. It was cosy and thoughtfully arranged for its size.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Oct 2019

We loved

Fabulous hotel in the swanky, quiet Salamanca district. Fantastic shopping at your fingertips, a great little market for morning coffee, excellent tapas bars and restaurants aplenty. Madrid is so small and easy to potter around you can walk through Retiro from here to the museums in 20 minutes, or take the very efficient underground anywhere. The hotel is comfortable, discreet and modern without pushing your face in it. The staff are delightful, as are most people in Madrid, and this is a hotel we will stay at again.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Jan 2019

We loved

Lovely intimate hotel, not too touristy, relaxing lounges. Nice big bathrooms, though room was slightly small but it's understandable, as you are right smack in the middle of the classy side of Madrid. Be sure to go to the central market early if you want to eat some fresh food. Room service is affordable; service staff are amazing and friendly.

Don’t expect

Large hotel with pool and multiple restaurants. It's very boutique style: small and intimate, but perfect for a 3-4 day city break.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Oct 2018

We loved

Hotel staff.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Sep 2018

We loved

The bar.

Don’t expect

A pool.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Aug 2018

We loved

The area in which it was located, close to shopping and fine restaurants. Quiet and calm street. Very good staff. The drinks are exceptional.

Don’t expect

Silent air conditioning unless you book the top floor attic rooms – they have their own air con so they stay quiet when you switch them off. The rest have central air con which makes a noise, even when off. If you are sensitive to noise this is something to consider. The hotel restaurant is staffed with young inexperienced people so mistakes are frequent. This will probably be ironed out down the line.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jul 2018